Live From Studio A Turns 20

Live From Studio A Turns 20

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By Lyndsey Shulman ’18 • Video/TV Major

The 20th Annual Live from Studio A is an hourlong live concert special produced by Lyndsey Shulman, Nicole Buckley, Libby Creek and Maria Santana, for their senior capstone production.

The broadcast will air on Monday, April 30 and will feature local indie alternative soul band, HOAX, who formed while attending Hofstra. The band members include Mike Raj (vocals), Frantz Cesar (bass), Paul Brower (guitar), Kevin Lopez (guitar) and Jacob Lopez (drums). The groups aesthetic includes a very raw and organic feel, mixed with colorful 80s style.

Check out a recent interview with the band recorded at WRHU 88.7 FM.

The band will perform various singles including songs from their EPs “Words That End with Wh(y)” and “The Truth and Other Lies,” as well as new music currently in the works.

Catching Up With Live From Studio A Creator Brian Speiser ’99

Brian Speiser ’99, who created Live from Studio A, will make an appearance on the show to commemorate its 20th year.

Since graduating from Hofstra, Speiser has worked as a touring audio engineer in the music industry. He is currently the production manager and audio engineer for Tedeschi Trucks Band. In 2017, he co-produced a live album and DVD called “Tedeschi Trucks Band Live From The Fox — Oakland” that was nominated for a Grammy. He has also produced several albums and is currently producing an album for Amy Ray of Indigo Girls.

Below is an interview with Brian about how he came up with the concept for the show:

How did you come up with Live from Studio A?
“When I was younger I was fascinated with live concerts, which is why I became a live audio engineer and eventually a production manager. I used to watch huge festival concerts broadcast on TV that were being simulcast on the radio. At that time people had good sounding hifi systems, but most TV audio was rather crappy and usually in mono.

“Since Hofstra radio was in the same building and had a well known Grateful Dead show every week, I thought it would be great to bring in a Grateful Dead tribute band that I was working with at the time and have them play an intimate live show for a small audience while Hofstra Radio would broadcast the audio at the same time. Though I don’t know if anybody on campus actually watched the show while listening to the simulcast. I can only hope that they did.”

How has producing the show in college impacted your career?
“Many bands that I have worked with over the years have produced live concert DVDs. I’ve been able to help facilitate many different aspects of the production as a result of my experience working in producing live performance related shows on Hofstra television.”

How do you feel about it continuing 20 years later?
“Live from Studio A was an independent study project for me. I worked extremely hard on it, harder than I worked on any one project during my time at Hofstra. I’m really proud to have started something that other students with similar interests have chosen to carry on. I’m also very honored to have been asked to be a part of the 20th anniversary production of the show.”

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